Sector Update: Healthcare Shares Flat Pre-Market; Orexigen Sinks 5% on Private Offering

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Healthcare shares are flat in pre-market trade.

ISIS Pharmaceuticals ( ISIS ) said Monday that it has earned a $2 million milestone payment from GlaxoSmithKline ( GSK ) related to the advancement of the ongoing Phase 2/3 study of ISIS-TTR Rx in patients with familial amyloid polyneuropathy (FAP).

ISIS-TTR Rx is an antisense drug which ISIS is developing with GSK for the treatment of transthyretin amyloidosis, a severe and rare genetic disease characterized by progressive dysfunction of peripheral nerve and/or heart tissues.

And, UnitedHealth Group ( UNH ) affirmed its previous outlook for 2013 net earnings of $5.40 to $5.50 per share. The Street view is for $5.49 per share, according to Capital IQ.

UNH management says it will discuss the company's 2014 financial outlook, which includes revenues of $128 billion to $129 billion and net earnings of $5.40 to $5.60 per share, tomorrow. The Street is at $132 billion in revenue and earnings of $5.68 per share.

Finally, Orexigen Therapeutics ( OREX ), a biopharmaceutical company focused on the treatment of obesity, is down 5% in pre-market after it says it has begun a $100 million private offering of aggregate principal amount of convertible senior notes due 2020. The company expects to grant the initial purchasers a 13-day option to purchase up to an additional $15 million aggregate principal amount of such notes.

OREX intends to use the net proceeds from the offering for working capital and other general corporate purposes.



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